Code Name Verity

By Elizabeth Wein


Code Name Verity is a historical fiction written during WWII. Verity, a British spy is sent to Nazi-occupied France in order to complete a mission to destroy the Nazi headquarters. Her best friend Maddie however is a pilot. Maddie dropped off Verity for her mission, but she was soon captured by the Gestapo and was placed in a prison. In the prison, Verity had to tell the Gestapo all the secrets she knew about the British war efforts in order to stay alive. The first part of this novel is from Verity's point of view, and the second half is from Maddie's. This is a heartwarming novel with many aspects of courage, bravery, and courage.

Verity, Lady Julia Lindsay MacKenzie Wallace Beaufort-Stuart

Lady Julia Lindsay MacKenzie Wallace Beaufort-Stuart, better known as Verity is the main character in this novel. She is British spy who was sent on a mission to Nazi-occupied France in order to complete a very important mission - to destroy the Nazi headquarters in attempt to stop Hitler and his war efforts. While on her mission, Verity is suddenly caught by the Gestapo and is imprisoned. In order to survive potentially being gassed, beaten, overworked, or starved to death, Verity must tell the Gestapo everything she knows about the British war plans. Verity is very 'girly' but has shown nothing but bravery and courage throughout the entire book. Given her circumstances, Verity is also quite a funny girl as well, who adds a lot to the story.

About the author: Elizabeth Wein

Elizabeth Wein is an American writer of historical fiction for young adults. She was born October 2nd, of 1964, and lives in New York City, New York. She has won awards including the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult and the Golden Kite Award for Fiction. Elizabeth Wein has written few other books such as Rose Under Fire, The Winter Prince, The Lion Hunter, and The Empty Kingdom.

Book Reviews

“Code Name Verity,” by Elizabeth Wein, is a fiendishly plotted mind game of a novel, the kind you have to read twice.

- New Yorks Times

"An innovative spy tale... built to be savored."

-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This heart-in-your-mouth adventure has it all: a complex plot , a vivid sense of place and time, and resonant themes of friendship."

-The Washington Post

Code Name Verity- Book Trailor

CODE NAME VERITY - book trailer
This is an excellent book trailer for the novel Code Name Verity because it showed actual pictures and scenes from WWII, which made it more realistic. The music goes very well with the theme as well. It also gives a very good book summary without giving away any of the ending.


Code Name Verity was an okay read. The first couple of pages were GREAT, but after that, things were so slow and hard to follow. I couldn't keep up with who was talking about who, or where they were. Also, in the middle of the book, you could kind of begin to predict what would happen at the end. It wasn't my favorite book, and it probably doesn't help that I don't enjoy historical fiction either. This book isn't meant for everyone, but what I did take away was the importance of friendship.